Pietje Vervest has specialised in the European Union's trade and investment agenda, the international investment regime. Recently she moved to working more on agrarian justice issues. She is also one of the co-founders of the Burma Center Netherlands, where she is still active. She was connected to XminusY for over 20 years and sits on the board of Ander Europa. Pietje is Dutch and studied Economic Anthropoloy at the University of Nijmegen where she developed an Asianfocus. She joined the TNI in 1992 in what originally was the Philippine Project – looking at EU policies towards the Philppines. In the last 20 years this project grew into what is now called the Economic Justice Programme.